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Now graduated from her role as a homeschooling mom of 8, Dawn Camp devotes her time and love of stories to writing her first novel. She enjoys movie nights, cups of Earl Grey, and cheering on the Braves. She and her husband navigate an ever-emptying nest in the Atlanta suburbs.

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  1. Dawn,
    I often forget to thank God just for the gift of waking to a new day. Having been sidelined in the past with numerous knee and foot problems, I do, however, remember to thank Him for the gift of being able to stand and walk and go down a flight of stairs. I try to thank him for the coffee – how it smells, the warmth of the cup in my hand, and oh the sweet taste. Once, post – op, I lost my sense of taste for a week – that was horrible. So, long story short, I’m 15 minutes out of bed and already I have a list of many, many things I can be thankful for. Thank you for drawing my attention to them ( and not my trials ) this morning. Feeling blessed…
    Blessings to you and your brood 🙂

  2. Oh, Dawn, I’m so sorry about all the irritating trials that have landed all at once.
    Especially the dishwasher . . . oh . . .
    I experience the truth of your words every day when I write in my gratitude journal. Some days it is hard to come up with three things to be thankful for — shame on me! But those are the days I list truth from Scripture. Unchanging and always true!

  3. Praying all things are resolved soon, especially the dishwasher. Seasons of chaos have lessons within themselves, don’t they? Contentment in all things is a hard one for me to grasp, as well.

  4. Dawn, may the Lord bring resolution to your dishwasher commotion today 🙂 While I try to be grateful for many things, I still have a long way to go in that 😛 Yet its comforting to know that the Lord sees all our efforts and loves us, helping us grow towards that peace that seems hard to grasp. May we each be so thankful for His generous love and mercies today 🙂

  5. We didn’t go anywhere for spring break last week and it took a few days for my kids to stop complaining about that. And for me to stop complaining about them complaining about that. Then we just were. We just existed each day, whatever came our way (or didn’t). It was peaceful and fun and boring and a break from everything. It was ordinary and lovely!

  6. Dawn,

    I’m sorry to hear about how things have been for you and hope all is well soon. Sometimes simple things can be easily forgotten so thank-you for reminding us not to forget them. I have a few that have come to mind this morning, one is my little yellow canary who is singing beautifully once again.


  7. Oh dear Dawn! You poor thing! Ugh. I can really relate to being on overload and to recalcitrant appliances that were supposed to work (dn’t get me started on new ones that have bitten the dust of demise). Ugh! And skin stuff, too. It’s as if life and bodies fall apart at the seams, and it is no picnic. And you hope that that bad stuff is out of the ordinary, but you lament when it becomes the ordinary routine of life….stuff you keep facing. I must say though (please forgive me!) for smiling about those dishes. I hand-washed dishes for the first twenty-four years of our marriage. We lived in a turn of the century (20th!) house with no dishwasher, but me! But I managed, and it became an altar, where I slowed down and met God. Still, I will pray you can meet him when you load your next new dishwasher!

    • Lynn, I’m going to work really hard to see that sink of dishes as an altar, although I sure hope the delivery man can come soon. 😉

  8. A new friend, a wonderful conference roommate, gummy Bears, warm coats in spring snow!

  9. Dawn…these are the days when you just turn the blessing of worship music up …and sing along while you do those chores …before you know it the part you dread leaves because what can stand in the place of praise? How are hearts can change when we turn our focus on Him and offer praise for all He has given us! Praying today that your heart sings!

  10. Your words here are so, so true. I’m the worst at trying to handle the small stuff on my own, but yes, we must depend on Him from beginning to end.

  11. Dawn,

    I marvel at the beautiful sunrises and sunsets He puts before me daily. Thankful for a wonderful hubby who works so I can stay home and care for aging dad. There are many things to thank Him for–nice cool weather & sunny days! Love the smell and taste of hot tea & a nice home cooked meal. My list could go on and on. It is so easy to gripe about our inconveniences, or shortcomings, but if we think long and hard there is much to be happy about in the ordinary!!
    Blessings 🙂

  12. Also an oily here, and praying for your healing.
    And I do not have a dishwasher, so celebrating with you!